ccoun▓t of Basing.’” The marquis and two hundred pri▓soners were taken, and so speedily was t●he capture completed, that there is some reason ▓for the tradition that the attack was a surp▓rise, and that the garrison were p●laying cards.Hence the local saying, “Clubs tr▓umps, as whe

n Basing was taken.” Here, too,▓ was slain Robison the player, who was me▓rcilessly shot after the surrender by fanati▓cal Harrison, who shot him through the hea●d with the wild quotation, “Cursed ●is he that46 doeth the work ▓of the Lord negligently.” The action a▓nd the remark evidence, better tha▓n anything else could, the increasi●ng embitterment of the controver●sy, and the real, or pretended, reli●gious fervour, or rather rancour, th●at accompanied its continuance.That the● feeling was honest, however straine●d, with many who fought against the king, is▓ undoubted; as undoubted as the religious fe●rvour of the Jews when “Samuel hewed Agag ▓in pieces before the Lord”; or when ●a modern Mohammedan charges home u▓pon a British square with “Allah〃埍 on his dying lips.Incomprehe●nsible to some, it is a feeling▓ that has to be taken serious ●account of in the last great Civil W▓ar in Eng

land. So Basing fell●.It was “now the twentieth g●arrison that hath been taken ▓in the summer by this army; and I bel●ieve most of them the answer of the pra▓yers, and trophies of the fa▓ith of some of God’s servants.” So th●ought Mr.Peters in that year of grace 1645,▓ and so thought many who, in th▓e Commons House of Parliament, heard him tel▓l his story of how Basing fell. With the d▓eath of the king in 1649 came the real beg

▓inning of the end.This is no plac●e to discuss the merit or demerit of a step ●so serious that it only finds a partial para●llel in the action of Elizabeth towards ▓Mary of Scotland.But two great results grew o▓ut of it: the proclamation of Charles II.as▓ King of Scotland, and the invi●tation of Ormond to Ireland,▓ where also Charles was hailed as t▓he new sovereign.From this came the las▓t two wars of the Commonweal●th, the first of which was fought in I▓reland.There anarchy reigned.Petty war was▓ the normal condition of the● rather more than half-savage clans.The▓re had been a massacre of Protestants, vario●usly estimated at from forty thousand to a ●hundred thousand, under ci


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ed, in a manner of which the details r▓ecall those of the massacre of● Cawnpore.” This fact must be grave

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ly born▓e in mind in considering the English inva▓sion, and must be added to the fierce religi●ous hatred

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and the increasingly in●tense political47 antagonism wh●ich the latest events had once more brought to t?/p>

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